Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ministry of Detainees: Jerusalemites crucial part of nonviolent struggle in Israeli prisons

15.09.09 - 12:59 Jerusalem / PNN – With the approach of Eid al-Fitr comes the passage of 17 years in Israeli prison for four Palestinians.
A new report was issued today by the Director of the Department of Statistics in the Ministry of Detainees and Ex of the Palestinian National Authority, Abdel Nasser Farawana. According to research conducted by the department, four Jerusalem citizens are entering the eve of 17 years in captivity.
Hamdan Mohamed Suleiman is 33 years old. He has been detained since 25/9/1993 and is serving a life sentence plus 60 years. Thirty-five year old Na’el Rafik Ibrahim Salhab was taken to prison on the twenty-seventh of September, 1993. Thirty-eight year old Fahd Sabri Alchlody has been detained since 29 September, 1993 and is serving a life sentence. Marwan Mohammad Ayub Abawarmila is 38 years old. He has been imprisoned since 30 September 1993 and is serving a life sentence plus 20 years.
In addition to the four Jerusalemites on the eve of 17 years in Israeli prison, there are approximately 300 Palestinians from Jerusalem is the jails. Among them are 45 detained from before the Oslo Accords and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority.
Ferwana described the Jerusalemites as “partners in the struggle”. He said, “The brothers are an integral part of the national movement in captivity and have participated in the nonviolent struggle against the Department of Correctional Services, fighting in dozens of protests and hunger strikes.” He added that 14 citizens of Jerusalem have died in Israeli prisons since 1967 and noted that they need no longer be excluded from prison swap arrangements and “gestures of good will.”